Calliope Poetry Series
Poetry Book Group

Calliope Poetry Book Group

Falmouth Public Library, Trustees Room

300 Main Street, Falmouth 02540

First Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

As an outgrowth of Falmouth’s 2009 town-wide read of Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project, the Poetry Book Group has met monthly since September 2009.  Each member brings 12 copies of 2 poems from the selected poet’s work.  The group alternates reading a male and female poet. 

As the director of Calliope Poetry Series, I recognize how my facilitating a poetry discussion group has also encouraged attendance at our readings, and improvement in the writing of our open mic poets.  Reading poetry aloud and discussing meaning, content and aspects of craft of diverse contemporary poets helps create a “community of poets,” Calliope’s purpose.

f you're interested in becoming a member, please email to inquire about whether the group has an opening.

Next Discussion:
January 5
Poet: TBD
1 p.m.

September 2017—August 2018

December .   Favorite Poems Potluck

November    Anna Akhmatova

October       Wendell Berry

September  Tracy K. Smith

September 2015—August 2017

August       Favorite Poems Potluck

July            Sylvia Plath

June           Wallace Stevens

May            Grace Paley

April            W.S. Merwin

March          C.P. Cavafy

February      Gwendolyn Brooks

January        Cancelled due to snow

December     Favorite Poems Potluck

November     Philip Larkin

October         Emily Dickinson

August          Favorite Poems Potluck

July               William Carlos Williams

June              Amy Lowell

May               Common Threads for the Community

April               W.B. Yeats

January          Edna St. Vincent Millay

December      Favorite Poems Potluck

November      C.K. Williams

October          Anne Sexton

September     Juan Felipe Herrera

September 2014—August 2015

August           Heather McHugh

July                Heather McHugh - postponed to August due to July 4 weekend

June              Robert Francis

May              Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

April               Rita Dove

March            Rita Dove - postponed to April, due to snow

February        Robert Frost

January          Favorite Poems Potluck

December      Marie Howe

November      Pablo Neruda

October          Denise Levertov

September     Charles Wright


September 2013—August 2014

August            Favorite Poems - Summer Potluck

July                 Carol Ann Duffy

June                Richard Wilbur

May                 Marge Piercy

April                Common Threads Project of Mass Poetry Festival

March             Ted Kooser

February        Jean Valentine

January          Cancelled due to snow

December     Tribute to Seamus Heaney (open to the public)

November      Amy Clampitt

October          Rainer Maria Rilke

September     Mary Oliver


September 2012 —August 2013

August            Common Threads Project of Mass Poetry Festival

July                 Galway Kinnell

June                Linda Gregg

May                 Mark Doty

April                Sharon Olds

March             Jack Gilbert

February        Adrienne Rich

January          Carl Dennis

December      Favorite Poems Potluck

November      May Sarton

October          Stanley Kunitz

September     Jane Kenyon


September 2011—August 2012

August             Favorite Poems Potluck

July                  Mark Strand 

June                Common Threads Project of Mass Poetry Festival

May                 Kay Ryan

April                Walt Whitman’s Civil War Poems

March             Natasha Tretheway

February        Linda Pastan

January           Elizabeth Bishop

December      Favorite Poems Potluck

November      James Wright

October          Marianne Moore

September     Philip Levine


September 2010—August 2011

August            Favorite Poems Potluck

July                  Lucille Clifton

June                Derek Walcott

May                 Eavan Boland

April                Common Threads Project of Mass Poetry Festival

March             Gerald Stern

February        Yeruda Amichai

January           Naomi Shihab Nye

December      Favorite Poems Potluck

November      Seamus Heaney

October          Wistawa Szymborska

September     W.S. Merwin


September 2009—August 2010

August             Favorite Poems Potluck

July                  Jorie Graham

June                Billy Collins

May                 Louise Gluck

April                Charles Simic

March             Ruth Stone

February        Stephen Dunn

January           Maxine Kumin

December      Favorite Poems Potluck

November      Jane Hirshfield

October          Tony Hoagland 

September     William Stafford

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